Party Craft Tutorials

Paper Doily Makes: Heart & Flower Crochet Cake Topper

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll be aware of my long standing crochet addiction. As I also happen to adore party decorations, I’m always looking for new ways of combining the two. Why not? Cake toppers are one of the easiest and quickest crochet party decorations to make, as you only require a few shapes to make something special. Although crocheted garlands and wreaths are undoubtedly stunning, they require a lot more work and if you’re anything like me, sometimes you just need some quick satisfaction!

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I recently bought the rather stunning ‘Crochet Home’ book by crochet designer, Emma Lamb. The beautiful flower patterns were found in the book and the heart pattern was found in an old edition of my ever so growing collection of Simply Crochet Magazine. You’ll be able to search the web for similar heart patterns if you don’t have access to the magazines. Try some of these, but be sure to use a crochet stitch conversion chart depending on what country you’re crocheting from.

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After crocheting all four of these shapes, I sewed them all together with some left over yarn in the same colour as previously used. I then took two bamboo skewers (you can buy these from any supermarket) and attached them. This was achieved by sewing the skewers into each end piece with yarn to ensure they were secure. You’ll need a darning needle and some sharp scissors to do this, alongside your usual crochet hook.

Voila! Are you impressed? If you have a special occasion coming up and are looking for a fabulous edition to your cake, look no further! There are so many colour, texture and weight choices in terms of the yarn, you can definitely make it to suit your occasion. There are also so many patterns for similar sized shapes in a multitude of designs, so you can really go wild.

Please do let me know if you decide to make one similar, I’d love to see your results. Before you go, you may also love to see my other inspiring party craft tutorials here.

Party Recipes

Paper Doily Bakes: How to make the perfect Victoria sponge cake

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Andrew, my husband recently celebrated his birthday and requested his favourite cake. He absolutely adores Victoria sponge cake and so do I for that matter. I’ve made many Victoria sponge cakes over the past few years and I’ve built up a certain technique due to all of that practice! You know what they say about practice making perfect! The last one I made was actually the best one in a long time, so I just had to share the results with you.

If you’re planning an afternoon tea party, yummy dessert table or just wanting to bake for a special someone, then this cake is a very good option. It’s very simple to make using my method and it’s a versatile bake. You can add fresh strawberries to it for extra deliciousness and also add flowers for decoration. You can also pipe some buttercream swirls on the top of the cake if you’re feeling in a decorative mood. You can add different flavours of jam or replace the jam with lemon curd. Why not? For this blog post though, I’ll be giving you my recipe for the classic version.

Ingredients

200g caster sugar

200g softened butter, at room temperature

4 eggs, beaten

200g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp milk

For the filling

100g butter, softened

140g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

4 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam

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Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Grease and line two 20 centimetre sandwich tins. Soften the butter and sugar until the mixture is of a creamy, pale consistency. Slowly add the beaten eggs and milk. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture. Gently mix until all of the ingredients together until fully combined. If using a mixer, don’t mix for longer than 2 minutes to avoid over mixing.
  2. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins. Smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for 20 minutes until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Leave the cakes in their tins for 5 minutes, before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. To make the filling, beat the butter until smooth and creamy and slowly sift the icing sugar into the mixture. Beat in the vanilla extract if you’re using it. Spread the jam over the bottom layer of the cake using a palette knife. Take a piping back and large star nozzle and pipe stars/shells on top of the jam across the entire bottom layer of the cake, leaving a bit of room around the outside. Carefully place the top layer of the cake on top of this layer. If you don’t have the piping tools, you can use your palette knife to spread the buttercream on the underside of the remaining layer, before sandwiching both layers together. Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar. Your cake will keep in an airtight container for 2 days.

Enjoy and do let me know if you decide to use my recipe. I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your pictures.

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Paper Doily Makes: Crochet Rose Garland

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Hello all! Do you remember my crochet rose cake toppers blog post which I posted earlier this week? Well, I still have the crocheted rose bug and haven’t stopped making them ever since. Have you experienced that feeling when you’ve crocheted something so many times, you’re able to memorise the pattern? Yes, that! If you’d like to take a peek at the pattern, you can follow the blog link above to the original post. I warn you though, it’s addictive!

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I’m very impressed at how versatile these crocheted roses are. If you’ve visited Paper Doily Party Shop you’ll know that I’ve made my fair share of garlands over recent months. I just love the fact that they can transform any space into something beautiful, particularly when used for a special occasion. I just had to share my recent creation with you. This particular garland was made for a special friend who wanted to brighten up her home. Obviously I couldn’t let it out of my workroom before taking some gorgeous photographs of it. 

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What are your thoughts? Have I inspired you? Garlands are one of my favourite party decorations and I absolutely love making them. I’m definitely planning on making more. Would you be interested in seeing some DIY party garland blog posts? Do let me know if so, as it’ll be very enjoyable task. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Party Craft Tutorials

Paper Doily Makes: Crochet Rose Cake Toppers

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Happy Tuesday all! I hope this week has been kind to you so far. As the weather in Somerset has been pretty dismal for the past few days, I decided to cheer myself (and my workroom) up with these beautifully vibrant crochet rose cake toppers. If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that I adore these four colours and find any excuse possible to use them in my craft projects.

These roses are adapted from this pattern which I found several weeks ago during one of my late night Pinterest spree’s. (We’ve all been there, right?) Since then I’ve been itching to make some cake toppers out of it. I actually made mine slightly bigger than the pattern suggests. For your reference, it’s a UK pattern, so if you’re based elsewhere, you may need to use this ever so trusty crochet conversion stitch chart to make sense of it. I used Patons Extrafine Merino wool to make the roses and I was suitably impressed. It was beautiful to work with and I think I may have just found my favourite yarn. (I’m so obsessed with yarn, I’m sure there will be another favourite next week!)

Just before finishing each rose I left a long yarn tail which was used for the next part. I took four bamboo sticks (approximately 20 centimetres in length) and carefully weaved them through the back of each rose. I then took a large needle and threaded these in place using the yarn tail mentioned above. The yarn tail was then darned through the back each rose and snipped off. Voila!

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If you’re looking to create a cake centrepiece then these are the perfect option. If you’re a crocheter, they are fairly easy to make, albeit the sewing part being a little fiddly until you get the hang of it.

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They can also be placed into little jars as table centrepieces. This is a perfect idea for weddings or other special events where you’re looking for a touch of handmade.

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Here’s a close up for you. Are you feeling inspired yet? I’d love to see your cake toppers if you decide to make some. You may also like to have a browse through my other tutorials for more cake topper ideas (and a few tasty recipes… you’ve been warned). Happy crafting!

Weddings

Wedding Wednesday: Beautiful Cake Toppers

Happy Wednesday folks!

If you’re a regular reader you hopefully enjoyed last weeks Wedding Wednesday post, completely dedicated to wedding stationery. Due to the fabulous feedback received, I’m pleased to be featuring more inspiring designers in this weeks instalment.

Cake toppers are an essential part of any special wedding celebration and are one of the most important wedding decorations that will be purchased for your big day. I’ve been completely obsessed with beautiful cakes for many years now and I really enjoy browsing through my cake related Pinterest boards on a regular basis. (Unless you have unlimited sweet treats to hand, it’s always best to do this on a full stomach if you’re anything like me!)

  

Thinking back to last year when I was planning my own wedding, I remember sending my cake decorator endless Pinterest links containing lots of amazing wedding cakes. I eventually found an absolutely stunning handmade cake topper to go alongside the beautiful cake, which I wrote all about here. The cake decorator took full inspiration from my cake topper and designed the cake around it. How amazing is that? I absolutely love browsing the web for wedding related decorations, so it only felt right to feature some of the most stunning cake toppers on my blog.

Pictured above, are two amazingly adorable wooden peg cake toppers, handmade by Rose at Blossom Cake Toppers. These cake toppers are hand painted with plenty of love and care and are fully customised to look like the happy couple. This really is something that can be cherished for a very long time and will always bring back memories of your special day. I would be very happy to proudly display these cake toppers on my dresser, showing them off a million times over. Yes, really! When my husband and I got married last year, we didn’t have Felix (our miniature poodle) at the time, but if we did I definitely would have liked to have seen him in hand painted peg form, thats for sure.

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Next on the inspiration list are these wonderful fabric wedding birds, beautifully handmade by Emma at The Cotton Potter. Can you imagine these sitting pretty on top of your special cake? I certainly can. Emma’s birds are all completely handmade and are made to order. Each bird is carefully sewn together from Harris tweed and other pure wool fabrics. Having your birds individually designed means that your cake topper will be completely unique and truly special. How exciting does that sound?

Emma’s attention to detail is beyond words and her photography completely brings her fabulous creations to life. I imagine any wedding photographer would have plenty of fun photographing these, and you’re bound to want to display these for years to come, as you would with Rose’s peg cake toppers above. Please tell me you’re feeling inspired now? If so, you’ll definitely enjoy the rest!

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This marvellous creation above is made by Louise at Pops of Colour. Who doesn’t love confetti? Have you ever thought of having a confetti wedding cake topper? It’s something I would absolutely consider if I could plan my special day all over again. It’s such a fun idea and such a great way to bring lots of bright colour into your decor. Louise offers a choice of colours, meaning you can customise your confetti in accordance with your wedding theme. You can also choose from a range of confetti letters, so if you feel like having a ‘Mr & Mrs’ or ‘Love’ cake topper, it just might be possible! Yay! How awesome?

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You’re noticing a theme here aren’t you? More birds! Why not? These beauties are lovingly handmade by Manmeet at White Rain Designs. These ceramic songbirds can be personalised to match your wedding theme. You can even add your own initials. All of Manmeet’s products are designed and painted by herself using earthenware ceramics and non toxic paints and glazes. I for one adore bright colours and anything personalised, so these would definitely suit me to the ground. How about you?

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Last but certainly not least, are these utterly adorable hand sculpted ‘love mice’ cake toppers, made by Natalia at Heartmade Cottage. Natalia uses polymer clay and offers a selection of finishes. Each item is handcrafted to order, meaning your mouse couple will be one of a kind. I love the sound of that! Don’t you think they are absolutely adorable? Did you let out a little squeal of cuteness? I certainly did.

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I really hope this post has inspired you and given you plenty of wedding cake topper ideas. If you’ve clicked through to Paper Doily Party Shop before, you may have noticed that I absolutely love making cake toppers myself and offer a very colourful selection of them, all lovingly handmade in my home studio in Bath, Somerset. I’ve made cake toppers for many happy couples and it’s such a wonderful feeling to know that my creations have been part of lots of amazing wedding celebrations across the globe. I have no doubt that the wonderful designers featured above have experienced the same feeling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and please let me know if you’d like to be featured on Wedding Wednesday’s, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy wedding planning!